JoAnne Coutlee – Kindergarten teacher

  • St. Michael School teacher: 19 years
  • Previously: Physical Education teacher, Taught grades 3 & 5
  • Colleges attended: Springfield College – BS in Community Leadership and Development; Montana – BS in Education Pre-K-6, and in PE Pre – K – HS; Keuka College – MA Childhood Education.

I traveled with my husband all over the world as he was in the Air force. I lived overseas in Turkey and Italy for two years at each place. I have two grown children and a wonderful husband named Jeff. I teach Zumba Fitness three times weekly and am passionate about singing. I belong to the Seneca Soundwaves Chorus.

Kindergarten News

Saint Michael School
Classroom Times
Kindergarten News
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018
JoAnne Coutlee

New News:
Emily is the student of the week
No new sight words until Jan.

The Christmas concert is 6:30 on Wed. 12/19. Please have your child in church by
6:15 if possible. The children are encouraged to wear, nice, festive clothing. They
do not need to wear their uniforms to the concert.

Dec. 22nd (first day of Christmas break) – Jan. 6th (last day of break.) Classes
resume on Monday Jan 7th . This will be a busy, but fun week at school. We need to finish up our science fair project by Wed. We took a break on Friday so that we could do some of the experiment when Emily could take part. She was away all last week.

Our creation station this week will be Christmas cards and crafts.

I have different Christmas art projects planned for each day.

We will be decorating graham cracker houses on Thursday 12/20. I would like to
ask each family to donate candy for this project. If each family sends in a bag of
candy we will have a good selection. Some all time favorite candies are: Necco
Wafers (roofs), Skittles, M and M’s, kisses, Smarties, gumdrops (fences) etc.
**** If possible please stop by and pick up the completed graham cracker houses
on Thursday or Friday. I do not want to send them home on the bus.

Our Christmas party will be on Friday starting around 1:00. We will decorate
Christmas cookies, sing, play games, etc. Families and siblings are always welcome
to come to our parties.

Curriculum News:
Math – The children were introduced to triangles the other day. We used straws
and geoboards to build triangles.
Reading – Many children were tested this past week and moved up to a higher
reading level. There are no more children in the AA (pre K) level. The letter I was introduced.
Science – We are completing our unit on magnetism and our science fair project.
Religion – Meaning of Advent, Definition of prayer, Our Father

On Thursday 12/20 at 8:30 AM the Saint Michael School chorus will be featured
on WFLR. I will be with the chorus on the radio show. Mrs. Cramer will cover in
the classroom until I return around 9:15.

Helpers this week:
On Tuesday 12/18 from 9-12 Mrs. Tette
On Thursday 12/20 from 9-12 Mrs. Stork and from 10:15 – 11:45 Mrs. Anderson
for graham cracker house decorating.

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Your children are a blessing to
me. I will be traveling to Massachusetts after school on Friday for some time with
my family. I will return to NY on Christmas Eve day.